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Laura: A Creole Plantation

Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

....but full of history. We took an organised coach tour from central New Orleans which cost $81 for two of us. The entrance fee if you made your own way there was just $20 each but it was an hours ride and about 50 miles. Brooke took us round and she was knowledgeable and informative. There is still a slave... More 

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Baja California, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The house and its surroundings of this creole plantation are not so beautiful as Oak Alley Plantation but it has their own charm and history; you can see some restored places of the house due to the fire occurred some time ago, the fire damages really affected the originality of some part of the house.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Laura plantation was quite different to what I expected in a really good way. This property was formerly owned by multiple generations of a Creole family that was dominated by an amazing group of women. It is a place of amazing contrasts - women were calling the shots of this huge business enterprise in an incredibly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Like Oak Alley, Laura Plantation is quite a commercial operation and the $20 per person entrance fee is quite steep. The site is beautiful, but please note the property was severely damaged by fire some years ago and restored afterwards, so it has lost it's authenticity. It was very busy when we were there and it felt we were rushed... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I was very excited for this tour, but it fell short of my expectations. The tour itself was quite short in length, the time we spent on the bus and waiting around for the bus took up most of the time. The tour guide was knowledgeable, but I thought there would be more of a history lesson. We were not... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Very informative tour that starts just outside the gift shop and begins with a description of the dangers boiling sugar process with the huge cast iron cauldron. A great slice of history comes to life at this plantation and a must for students and visitors to the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Over an hour of highly interesting narrative and well kept insight into the life at a plantation of the past. Culminating with a emotionsl insight of the everyday lives of the many slaves. I recommend it

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Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

if you are in New Orleans, this is a must visit! the tour was interesting, the guide knowledgeable, overall a positive experience that I would recommend!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place is a must see when on a trip to New Orleans. The history is fascinating and a tribute to the woman who ran the house and the business. It is also fascinating to understand that the design of the house was primarily to conduct business and secondarily to be a home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We took a day trip to see a few plantations during Mardi Gras season. We chose to avoid the bus tour and took our rental car an hour away from New Orleans and saw this plantation and the Houma plantation. The tour was very interesting. Our guide Bryan was very knowledgable and interesting. He kept the story of the plantation... More 

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